Butler County Times Gazette
  • Three Circle teachers to retire at end of year

  • Three teachers are retiring from Circle School District this year.
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  • Three teachers are retiring from Circle School District this year. They are:
     
    Tim Engels
    Tim Engels just completed his 24th year of teaching. During that time his goal has always been to teach kids to work with their hands and to help make students better lifelong consumers.
    Engels always enjoyed watching the satisfaction and confidence that developed in students from building something on their own. During his years at Circle, Engels has helped students build 14 houses, six classroom modular and two concession/restroom complexes. Engels is thought of by his peers as a dedicated “can do” teacher. (as in can do about everything)
    In his retirement Engels plans to stay busy with his property management business, traveling with his wife and spoiling his five granddaughters.
    Engels would like to thank the community and the district for 24 years of allowing and paying him to do the things he loves to do.
     
    Patti Fortmeyer
    Patti Fortmeyer has spent the last 30 years teaching in Kansas, Oklahoma and California. Ten of those years have been teaching in the Circle District at CHS and CMS.
    During her teaching career she has taught Spanish, world history and English. According to Fortmeyer, she learned Spanish before it was fashionable because of the influence of her high school teacher. Her toughest teaching assignment was teaching world history to a class of 40 in California where half the class had history books written in Spanish while the other half studied out of books written in English.
    Her peers are grateful to Fortmeyer for all the life lessons she has shared through her stories. Fortmeyer looks forward to having time for her hobby of genealogy, traveling, and most of all spending time with her six grandkids that are in Kansas and California.
     
    Martha Treweeke
    Marty Treweeke began her career at Circle High School as a substitute teacher and she also worked in the library before being hired as an English teacher. 
    Treweeke is completing her 24th year of teaching English at Circle High School. According to one of Treweeke’s co-workers one of her many strengths is holding students to high standards. While others might have been willing to accept marginal work, she always insists on high quality and pushes students to achieve more than the students themselves think they are capable of. 
    Treweeke has always been a team player and a supporter of department and school initiatives.  She is a good friend and a model of consistency in their building. She will be sorely missed.
    Treweeke’s retirement plans are to spend more time with her dad and grandkids.  She is also considering returning to school having been admitted to the graduate program at Wichita State University with plans to obtain her PhD in English.

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